May 27, 2016

Lipstick diaries:LA girl matte gloss

Hey chicas, today I am bringing you a swatch of the liquid lipsticks from LA Girl cosmetics.

 These lippies which only cost $3.99 each, are from the Matte Pigment Gloss collection. With the low price, one would expect  substandard quality, but these bad boys are comparable to  some of the higher priced brands I own. The staying power is above average, and you'll only need to reapply a little product to your inner lip rim after a meal. The ease of application and removal also won me over. I have had some unpleasant experiences with other brands (read about my experience with LA Splash Cosmetics here), but these lippies are totally drama free when applying and taking them off.

In all, I am satisfied with these lippies, and backstage which is my absolute favorite of the collection, is my go-to lippy when I want a subtle vamp look.  Peep the swatches below.
 Have you guys tried lippies from this collection? Which is your favorite color? Please leave me a comment, and let me know your thoughts.

May 23, 2016

Pink, florals, cobalt blue, carousel, and other weekend stories...

Hi all, hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend? Here is what I got up to this weekend
Started the weekend by hanging with my high school friend, Tee
Looks like it's Christmas in May
Wagamama is one of my favorite spots, and we decided to grab dinner there.  As you can tell by the look on my friend's face, the food sucked this time around :-(
Since dinner was a burst, we decided to do the next best thing--take silly pictures :-)
Started Saturday by taking fun pictures. I am a sucker for colorful backgrounds, and I posed it up in front of this blue wall

Being silly
The carousel was the perfect match for my colorful floral skirt

It was such a gorgeous day, and it was a no-brainer to go to the park and hang out for a bit

When we were done at the park, we headed to a cook out

Being silly again
Soon it was Sunday, and that depressing feeling you get because the weekend is almost over started to kick in
So we hit the town to get some froyo and eat the Monday blues away
I couldn't resist this colorful door and window
We strolled for a bit, and soon it was dinner time. We chose to have dinner at an improvisational grill restaurant where you pick your own pick your raw food and sauces, and watch it cook on the open grill--pretty cool concept
The night ended with capucinno crunch and maple buttah nut icecream

In all, my weekend wasn't too shabby. What did you guys get up to?

Blue Dress: H&M | Floral Skirt: Express | Denim Shirt: H&M | Pink Bag: Kate Spade | Grey Sweat: Target | Pink skinny Jeans:TJ Maxx or Marshalls | Cobalt blue Bag: Kate Spade Saturday

May 18, 2016

Travel Therapy: Istanbul, Turkey (Part II)

Today I am taking you on the second part of my Turkish adventure in Istanbul (see part 1 here).When I decided I was going to travel through Istanbul to Barcelona, my parents were a bit apprehensive because of the twin bombing incidents that had occurred in the Turkish capital of Ankara the month before. I go by the mantra, YOLO, so I was not in the least worried. My dad was very anxious and he went with me to the airport and waited till I went through TSA.

Once I touched down in Istanbul and headed out of the airport, I felt a bit uneasy as all eyes were on me. I did not understand why I was getting so many stares, till I remembered my sister telling me that black folks were rare in that part of the world. Usually I’d take the train to my hotel, but my nerves had kicked in, and I did not have the confidence to be on public transportation in a place where I was a subject of interest.

The taxi driver and the staff at the hotel were very nice, and soon my fears were put to rest. The people in Istanbul were extremely warm, and despite the fact that I was a solo traveler, I did not in any way feel unsafe.  Below is a pictorial adventure of my time in Istanbul.

My first port of call was the Blue Mosque. I had heard so much about the magnificent structure and I couldn’t wait to see it. Unfortunately it was closed for the day, and I made a mental note to visit the next morning. (see post here)
While trying to take pictures of the blue mosque, a Turkish gentleman approached me. We got talking, and he ended up being my tour guide and photographer for the night. I kept asking what the catch was and wondering why he would spend his entire evening hanging with a tourist. I hung out with him but was very careful not to veer  off to any secluded streets

Since I had a "photographer" at my disposal, I decided to strike silly poses in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque

My new friend

How cute

Then dinner time came, and my “tour guide” sat with me for the meal. 


It was at the point that my new friend went on to tell me that he had never been with a black girl before, and the reason he was hanging with me was because he was interested in having a one night stand with me!
I almost chocked on my drink when he said this. NO THANK YOU SIR! I shall not be having a one-night stand with you!!

Once my “tour guide” realized I would not be granting his wishes, he bid me farewell—LOL!

The night was still young, so I took a stroll while nicely refusing to have drinks or go dancing with the one million and one Turkish men that kept approaching me

I am not a cat person, and there are strays all over this city--eeek!

A dance performer at an outdoor restaurant at Arasta Bazaar. Once the performance was over,I  made my way into the bazaar

There were so many interesting knickknacks, including these Turkish Dolls in the traditional ottoman attire
 How cute are these print shoes! I really wish I had bought a pair
The evil eye charm and d├ęcor are found all over Istanbul
I stopped over at this spice store and bought a few to take back home. I decided to call it a night, and I retired to my hotel for a much needed snooze fest
My third day in the city was a short one, as I had a flight to catch at 2 pm. My sister had raved about the Topkapi Sarayi, the palace of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years (1465–1856)
I was up bright and early to visit the palace
Toptaki Sarayi is at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn
One of the four courtyards of the palace
The circumcision room where the crown princes are circumcised
The bower that Sultan Ibrahim (1640) frequently broke his fast during Ramadan
A living room in the palace
Some random fella dressed in the traditional Turkish outfit
And soon I was on my way out of Istanbul

It’s such a shame that Istanbul has been plagued with a series of terrorist attacks since my time there. I’d still love to go back to do the Bosphorus cruise, Gatala tower & bridge, and even visit  other Turkish cities like Cappadocia.

Do you guys have any upcoming trips? Please leave me a comment and let me know where you are heading to for your next adventure.

Happy humpday.